Blackstone barristers team up with education charity to create ‘Women in Law’ children’s book

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Illustrated by school pupils

Blackstone Chambers has teamed up with a London education charity to launch a new children’s book celebrating the impact that women have made on the UK legal system over the past century.

The launch of History Rocks: Women in Law celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act, which received Royal Assent on December 23 1919, and removed the barriers for women to enter the legal profession.

Under the guidance of the Guy Fox History Project, year four pupils from Snowsfields Primary School in Bermondsey, South London, and barristers from Blackstone Chambers, helped develop the book by exploring women’s rights during the Edwardian era, the legislative process that led to the Act’s passage, and the lives of the women who have made legal history over the past 100 years.

The students, who created the drawings that illustrate the new 44-page book, also visited the UK Supreme Court where they were treated to a private audience with its then president Lady Hale.

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“It has been a pleasure and an inspiration to be involved in this project,” said Blackstone barrister Kate Gallafent QC. “Exploring the historic achievements of women in law with such curious and enthusiastic young minds makes me feel hopeful for a more equal future.”

Kourtney Harper, creative director of the Guy Fox History Project, added: “This is a small book with a big mission. Not only does it celebrate a century of legal history, but it also challenges us to keep working to make society fairer for everyone.”

The new book, is available to purchase now, and follows hot on the heels of another children’s offering courtesy of the Legal Action Group (LAG) — an independent charity promoting access to justice for all members of society.

Last year, the charity published Equal To Everything: Judge Brenda and the Supreme Court, which tells the story of Ama, a young girl from Richmond in Yorkshire, who visits the Supreme Court on a school trip and learns about the work of the court and how another girl from her hometown went on to become its most senior judge.

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Bet loads of Blackstones barristers went to state primary schools in Bermondsey.

I can see that one of the 60+ year old QCs there thought it necessary to list on his Chambers profile the preparatory school he attended before public school.

Keep working on that ‘equal future’.



He might as well put his parent’s bank statement on his chambers profile.



What he doesn’t mention is that he is the son of a Tory peer. Humble chap.



The page towards about how being a woman helps with judicial or silk applications and how discrimination when it favours women is OK “because it is” is refreshingly honest.



I think it’s a good idea to see something celebrating the achievements of women in law as far too much of the 100 year activities have been geared towards criticising males.

It would be good to see others being celebrated in the same way, e.g. achievements of BAME people and people from non elite social backgrounds.



People from the BAME background don’t seem/tend to get too particularly successful in Law unfortunately, because the son or daughter of some NHS GP, consultant or surgeon obviously had no-one to tell him or her that Law in England isn’t *really*, on the most part, about doing any actual work or contributing to the legal profession or to society, but much more about playing politics, be it Office Politics or actual Politics, usually of the ‘centrist’ left / hard-left Bindmans, IHRC, Gareth Peirce, Geoffrey Robertson, Helena Kennedy, Cherie ‘Booth QC’ Blair kind…

They would most certainly NOT welcome some ‘foreign’ upstart who tries to do some actual work. Look at what has been happening to Priti Patel lately!



Great article, Tom, good job! But where are those retention rates articles – I yearn to see them?



Great idea! I do hope it reflects the ethnic diversity of our society. If not, then I eagerly await the next book.


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